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Camp Ripley: Medics keep skills at the ready

CAMP RIPLEY - The Medical Simulations Training Center assists in the training of combat life-savers and medical personnel ensuring they remain current on techniques and certifications.

CAMP RIPLEY - The Medical Simulations Training Center assists in the training of combat life-savers and medical personnel ensuring they remain current on techniques and certifications.

"Referred to as the 'Mis-tyc,' its sole purpose is to provide realistic high fidelity trauma and medical training to those individuals who are put either directly in harm's way or in support of those who are," said Noah Snater, MSTC instructor/course developer.

Like the rifle range and the tank gunnery range, the MSTC is the medic's range on Camp Ripley. Training is offered at no cost to military personnel and employs three full-time instructors in order to fulfill any medical training mission.

"Our mission is to train to the highest known standard of life-saving techniques, emergency medical procedures and continued emergent care while utilizing the latest simulation and the most current and relevant medic supplies available to the Army," said MSTC Site Manager Jen Wamre.

Recently, medics from Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion - 151st Field Artillery utilized the MSTC to validate their combat medic status and biannual EMT certification.

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"Most of our team rely on these skills for their civilian careers also," said Staff Sgt. Cody Brown, battalion medical readiness NCO.

"Courses can be arranged to fit many different schedules in order to meet the needs of units and their mission," said Wamre. "Our additional benefit is to take the burden of supplies, instructor and the facility off the unit, allowing them to focus their additional training tasks."

During all courses, students are encouraged to share their past experiences in a facilitated and didactic classroom setting. Pretests and posttests are of the utmost importance for a student's ability to gauge what they need to focus on during the course, as well as how they have performed throughout. The MSTC presents most courses with a standardized computer pre-course and post-course exam utilizing a state of the art student tracking system to track progress.

"This is one of the best medical facilities I've seen since basic training; it's nice to get hands on with the simulators," said Staff Sgt. Derek Hauptli, battalion medic.

"The simulators used here are very advanced, they sweat, cry, blink, breath and bleed. It really makes you react like in real life," said Medic, Spc. Nicholas Halpaus.

The training conducted by the medics from the artillery battalion was focused on combat lifesaving scenarios. Instruction on medical procedures was taught as a refresher followed by an evaluation under stressing conditions.

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